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Agricultural Bank of Egypt grants $1.97bln in MSME loans during 2020

ABE aims to become one of the largest banks operating in the Egyptian market that finances MSMEs

SMEs in Bahrain ‘need strong digital presence’

Businesses need to invest in the right digital platforms and tools to ensure they can still service their clients and provide them with the optimum customer experience

Proposals put forward to tackle unemployment in Egypt

Small- and medium-sized enterprises are the main driver of job generation, especially in the formal sector

500 Startups announces partnership with Saudi-based Sanabil

Sanabil 500 Mena Seed Accelerator Programme will consist of six programmes run by 500 Startups over a period of three years

CBE-hosted FinTech Innovation sprint launched to address COVID-19 challenges

Sprint targets entrepreneurs and startup owners who develop solutions that may support Egypt’s banking sector

Jordan King urges facilitating SMEs, agricultural projects

King urged the government to continue its public outreach on the field in all governorates

Bill seeks SMEs compensation in Kuwait

Bill clearly specifies the beneficiaries to ensure that compensation is granted only to those who truly deserve it

European Investment Bank, Housing Bank join forces to support SMEs in Jordan

Housing Bank has established a specialised department dedicated to supporting SMEs to obtain the necessary and needed funding through programmes that offer preferential rates

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